Italian food group Granarolo acquires 100% of British unit, eyes M&A

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Italy’s Granarolo has taken complete control of its British distributor Granarolo UK, the dairy group said on Monday, adding that it was looking at more acquisitions this year.

Granarolo, which produces a large range of products including milk, yogurt and mascarpone cheese, said it had bought the 49% of Granarolo UK it did not own in a move to strengthen its footprint in Britain.

This deal follows other transactions by Italian food companies in Britain including the recent purchase of Pasta Evangelist by Barilla and Ferrero’s deals last year to acquire Fox’s biscuits and Eat Natural’s cereal bars.

“The consolidation of Granarolo UK is an important step in the group’s growth policy abroad,” Granarolo Chairman Gianpiero Calzolari said in a statement.

“During the year we aim to acquire other companies in Italy, Europe and overseas,” he added.

Granarolo accounts for more than 10% of all the dairy products Italian food producers sell in Britain and 8.8% of Italy’s global dairy exports.

Granarolo UK posted sales worth 60 million euros ($72.89 million) last year, slightly down compared with 2019, the Italian group said. 

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